Private Holiday Accommodation
Private holiday accommodation in Orihuela Costa comes in all shapes and sizes. This is by far the most popular accommodation choice in the area. This may not really be down to choice, but rather the distinct lack of hotels in Orihuela Costa. The same can be said for neighbouring Torrevieja. Being a coastal city popular with holidaymakers, the choice of hotels is extremely lacking when compared to the likes of Alicante and Benidorm.
Orihuela Costa covers a vast area of different residential areas. These are located along the coast as well as inland. The private holiday accommodation available includes apartments, townhouses, quads, bungalows and villas. Visitors wishing to be right on the beach should be prepared to pay front line rental prices. For those prepared to stay further inland, private holiday accommodation can be substantially cheaper, even with just a short walk to the beach.
Private Holiday Accommodation Choices
For couples and small to medium families, apartments are a popular choice. These range from small studios to large 4 bedroom penthouses. All private holiday accommodation should come fully equipped and self contained. This includes bed linen, towels, plates and cutlery, TV/video and all kitchen appliances. Some will also include cleaning products and basic toiletries. Some holiday apartments have an on-site bar or restaurant. Others offer communal pools.
Townhouses, quads, bungalows and villas are more suited to larger families and groups of friends. These should also come fully equipped and self contained. Some, especially detached villas may have private gardens and swimming pools. A very popular holiday choice is to rent accommodation located in gated communities. These usually have the benefit of shared leisure facilities. Most will have at least one swimming pool. Some of the larger communities have up to a dozen pools. Other facilities may include tennis courts, parks and kids playgrounds.
This type of private holiday accommodation also offers a sense of security. Larger communities often have security officers patrolling the grounds. They also tend to have lifeguards who monitor the swimming pool areas. These guys can have a tough time of it, sometimes being branded as the ‘Fun Police' due to the often strict pool rules they have to enforce. Visitors need to bear in mind, these rules are there for a purpose. Primarily to keep children and adults safe. Remember, one glass or bottle smashed in a swimming pool can shut it down for a week!
Choosing a Property
Orihuela Costa and Torrevieja have more estate and letting agents than you could shake a stick at. Using the services of an agent has its benefits. They deal with all rental payments. They will also often be tasked with making sure your accommodation has been thoroughly cleaned. This will include all the linen, towels and utensils. Agents are also on call should there be a problem with any appliances etc. The downside of using an agent is of course paying their commission.
Renting directly from the owner avoids this commission charge. However, some owners don't live in the same area or even the same country. So should problems arise they are not easily available to sort them out. Many will have local friends or family to help the holidaymaker should there be a problem. Ask these questions when considering renting from an owner. Also, if the property has shared leisure facilities such as swimming pools, make sure the owner has paid their community charges. If not you may be refused entry to these leisure facilities.